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Exercising safely: exercise video

This video explains how you can exercise safely. 

This videos lasts 2 minutes and 2 seconds and gives tips on how to exercise safely.

Our top tips for exercising safely

  • start slowly and gradually build up
  • warm up before and cool down after exercising 
  • carry your reliever inhaler and/or glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) spray if you have them - use them when you need to
  • wear loose, comfortable clothing and supportive non-slip shoes, like trainers
  • drink plenty of water and wait for at least an hour after eating before you exercise
  • use oxygen at your regular setting when exercising (if you normally use oxygen, even for just some of the time or overnight)
  • be active at a level that’s right for you
  • talk to your health care professional if exercise makes your chest feel tight or wheezy - you may find it beneficial to take a reliever inhaler 5-20 minutes before your exercise session, but you should discuss this with your health care professional first.

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This information was reviewed in January 2021. The next review date is January 2024.

We’ve developed this information in partnership with, and with funding from, Boehringer Ingelheim.

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